The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 1, 2013

Ken Lunt

FORT SCOTT, Kan. —       

Kenneth Dean Lunt, age 81, long time division manager for K.G.&E./Westar Energy and former mayor of Fort Scott, Kan., died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his home following a lengthy illness.

He was born Nov. 28, 1932, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Dewane W. Lunt and Geneva B. Herrington Lunt. He graduated from North High School in Wichita. He served in the Marine Corps from June of 1952 to June of 1955. He served has a Scout Sniper with the 5th Marines during the Korean War. He was in two major Korean War Battles: "Vegas" and "Carson Hills". Ken received numerous combat decorations. He attended his boot camp at MCRD in San Diego. He joined the Marine Corps with his high school best friend, George Fotopulos.

He married Charlotte Truesdell in 1955, in Wichita.

He enjoyed a long career with K.G.&E./Westar Energy. He began as a meter reader, then customer service representative, marketing representative, assistant division manager, community economic development specialist, division manager at Arkansas City, and finally division manager at Fort Scott. His last promotion was obtained due to his outstanding community representation. Ken was very involved in area civic and community projects. Over the years, he had served as president or chairperson of many worthwhile endeavors. Words cannot express the depth of gratitude owed to such an individual. His presence will be missed by many.

Survivors include a daughter, Becki Andersen, Fort Scott; Scott Truesdell, Wichita, and Zack Truesdell, Sugarland, Texas, "considered sons"; two grandsons, Kenneth and James Andersen; as well as two nephews, Robert and Douglas Lunt. He was preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte; brother, Robert Lunt; cousin, Lowell Lunt; and his parents.

Rev. Kevin Moyers will conduct memorial services at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the Community Christian Church. Burial will follow in the U.S. National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the Carriage House, 301 South Main.

Memorials are suggested to either the Korean War Veteran's Memorial, Mercy Cancer Center, or the Fort Scott Area Community Foundation and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 South Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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